Straight ticket voting is a major no-no

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For as long as I can remember, my parents have instilled in me the importance of having my own thoughts and being my own person. They have always wanted me to be the leader of the pack and never the follower. I will be the first to admit that I am no leader, and if it were up to me to lead a group you would be in big trouble because I might end up leading you off a cliff. Despite the lack of leadership abilities, I have mastered the art of forming my own thoughts and opinions. Another thing my parents have taught me over the years is that your opinions and thoughts should be based on facts, and your opinion is YOUR own opinion; do not try to impose it on another person.

With that being said, I have a hard time understanding why it is my father tries to impose his political ideology on me. And it is not just me that he does this to. It is multiple people. This past weekend I went home to vote since I am a registered voter of Harris County. As soon we started talking politics, I was bombarded with multiple questions as to who I was voting for, why I was voting for he or she and if I was not voting Republican then I was wrong and that I should just leave right now.

Rather than answering any of the questions, I simply nodded and agreed to whatever he said to avoid an argument. He made it clear that he was voting for every Republican candidate, and that he was a big supporter of Greg Abbott. Later that evening, I was talking to my mother about the political commotion that has overtook the household (literally, it is all my dad ever wants to talk about. He like stirring up a commotion about things like this) and what her thoughts about the elections were.

I guess they weren’t kidding when they said opposites attract because she said that she did not have much of an opinion. Then I asked her if she going to vote, to which she said yes. I did not bother to ask her whom she was voting for because I already knew the answer. She had been brainwashed. She then asked me if I was going to vote for who my dad told me to vote for. I rolled my eyes and say the same thing I do every election: “You raised me to form my own opinions on things, so I’m going to vote for who I think is the best fit.” Meaning, I was not going to vote for someone because my dad told me to do so.

It makes me so angry that he expects me to base something this important on his biased, one-sided views. He voted straight ticket because he believes that the conservatives can and will do a better job and any liberal ever could. How is that even a smart decision? Was there any research done to ensure that every conservative candidate is the best fit for the district, county or state? Honestly, I think straight ticket voting is just lazy. It gives people like my dad the option to vote for a candidate based on the political party they associate most with without really researching said person.

You could put an idiot in power and not know it until it is too late. If you are not going to take the time to put some research into a candidate and what they stand for, simply do not partake in that part of the election.

So dad, since you only researched the candidates running into the governor’s race, that means you should have just voted in that part of the election. I do not understand why that is such a hard concept for people to grasp. I do not recommend doing so, but it is better than voting for some random candidate who could potentially ruin your life, right?

Now, while I do not agree with straight ticket voting, I disagree more with what my mom did than my dad. At least he has some political opinion; my mother is like a lost lamb who wandered a little too far from home and ended up at a slaughter house. Hopeless with no way of finding its way back.

Do not vote just for the hell of it! The person you vote for could potentially win meaning that said person is going to represent you. This goes back my idiot theory. Do not just vote for someone on whim. Do your research. If you do not care who hold the position of governor or attorney general, and have no political opinion then you have no business voting. It is as simple as that.

Needless to say, my entire family is full of butting heads, high tempers and opinionated personalities. At the end of the day, however, we (at least most of us) have or own thoughts about what is going on the political world and about how it is affecting us in one way or another.